PLF Application

Undergraduate Writing Center PLF Application (Summer 2018 and/or 2018-2019): Are you interested in being paid for THE MOST REWARDING job on campus? Do you have experience helping other students with their writing? We’re finished hiring for 2017-2018. But we will be hiring for the following academic year (2018-2019). If you’re interested in working for us in Summer 2018 and 2018-2019, please look for the application to appear here around Week 3 of Winter 2018. The application deadline to apply for PLF positions in Summer 2018 and Academic Year 2018-2019 will be: Fri., March 16th, 2018. If you have questions, please contact Christine Holten at holten@humnet.ucla.edu.

FAQs about Working as a UWC or a Social Science PLF

What kind of time commitment is required of a peer learning facilitator (PLF)?

UWC PLF: Peer Learning Facilitators are hired as academic apprentice personnel – and their work is very similar to demands of a TAship. This means that PLFs hired by the UWC should be able to prioritize the hours they have committed to work at the Undergraduate Writing Center. Most PLFs work about 8-12 hours per week, and the minimum commitment is 6 hours per week. PLFs will also be asked several times per quarter to conduct workshops for Office of Residential Life, the Dashew Center, professors and TAs, and student organizations. It’s important to keep in mind that our busiest times of the quarter occur when you are also busiest – Weeks 4 and 5; Weeks 8 through 10. In addition, PLFs are part of a team and, as such, are expected to have enough availability that they can substitute for other PLFs occasionally.

Social Science Writing PLF: Peer Learning Facilitators are hired as academic apprentice personnel – and their work is very similar to demands of a TAship. This means that PLFs hired by the Social Science Writing Initiative should be able to prioritize the hours they have committed to work. Workload will vary weekly, but it’s likely to be between 8-12 hours per week.

What will be the format for my work as a peer learning facilitator (PLF)?

UWC PLF: As a PLF, you work one-on-one with students in face-to-face appointments or online appointments throughout the quarter.  Although you may work with the same student more than once, you will most often be working with different students throughout the quarter.

Social Science Writing PLF: As a Social Science Writing PLF in Spring 2016, you will work with upper-division Social Science students, providing them with written feedback on rubrics and their writing and occasionally meet them in face-to-face appointments throughout the quarter.

What kind of training will I receive and what other resources are available to me?

UWC PLFs: PLFs receive on-going training and mentoring.  The training includes an initial orientation and several additional training seminars each quarter.  These seminars are a forum for discussing issues and approaches to tutoring composition effectively. You will learn to read, assess and respond to student writing, help students become more confident about themselves as academic writers, and engage students in collaborative discussions and activities to improve their writing.

The training seminar provides a basis for your work with students, but much of your training will happen as you consult with students about their writing.  To facilitate this “hands-on” learning, you will receive mentoring from more experienced PLFs and from the professional staff.

Social Science Writing PLFs: PLFs receive on-going training and mentoring.  The training (for which PLFs are paid) includes initial orientation sessions during Spring Quarter Week 1 and Week 2, several specialized training seminars during Week 3, and occasional workshops scheduled during the rest of the quarter you are employed. These training seminars are a forum for discussing issues and approaches to tutoring composition effectively. You will learn to read, assess and respond to student writing, help students become more confident about themselves as academic writers, and engage students in writing and occasional discussions to improve their writing.

The training seminar provides a basis for your work with students, but much of your training will happen as you review students’ writing.  To facilitate this “hands-on” learning, you will receive mentoring from more experienced PLFs and from the professional staff.

Who will I be working with?

UWC PLFs:  PLFs work with students from all majors and at all writing levels. Students who visit the Writing Center reflect the UCLA undergraduate community, which is ethnically, linguistically and socio-economically diverse.  Students come to the Writing Center voluntarily, although some may be acting on an instructor recommendation.

Social Science Writing PLFs:  PLFs will be attached to a particular Social Science course and work with students enrolled in that course.  These students will be ethnically, linguistically and socio-economically diverse.

Can I have another part-time job?

UWC & Social Science Writing PLFs:  PLFs are on-campus employees and cannot work more than 19 hours per week in all on-campus employment. Also, the time commitment expected, as explained above, means that we discourage PLFs from having other employment.

How will I be assigned students?

UWC PLFs:  PLFs submit a schedule of their available hours and are then assigned specific shift hours that will not change over the quarter. Student clients sign up online to work with a PLF whose schedule is convenient for them. PLFs can encourage students to sign up to work with them again, but given scheduling constraints, this may not be possible. PLFs will also be working with walk-in appointments, which are scheduled on a first-come, first-served basis.

Social Science Writing PLFs:  For Spring 2016, PLFs will be assigned students from an upper-division Social Science course.

Where will the consultations occur and how long will the sessions be?

UWC PLFs: Peer learning facilitation occurs in Humanities A61 (located inside the entryway to the A51 Auditorium) and in Rieber Hall 115 and Powell 228.  Scheduled appointments last 30 or 50 minutes; walk-in appointments last anywhere from 15 minutes to 50 minutes, depending on when the student arrives and how many other students are waiting to be seen.

How will I give feedback to students?

Social Science Writing PLFs: For Spring 2016, peer learning facilitation will occur through written comments on rubrics and student writing.  There will be deadlines for feedback to be completed; it will be up to the PLF to determine when to do the work.

For face-to-face tutorials, you will be assigned a space on campus to meet with students to provide oral feedback.

Besides writing consultations, what other responsibilities might I have?

UWC PLFs:  PLFs may also be asked to help develop tutoring materials, make classroom visits, represent the UWC at invited workshops and campus functions, and undertake other special projects.

UWC PLFs: You will evaluate your own progress, and more experienced PLFs and the Writing Center Director will provide you with regular feedback and assessment.  We will consider the contributions you have made to the training seminar, evaluate your writing consultation sessions, and examine how well you utilize the support and resources made available to you.  The students you work with and your fellow PLFs will also complete evaluations of your work.

Social Science Writing PLFs: You will evaluate your own progress, and more experienced PLFs and the Writing Center Director will provide you with regular feedback and assessment.  We will consider the contributions you have made to the training seminar, evaluate your writing consultation sessions, and examine how well you utilize the support and resources made available to you.